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Power Electronics Engineer

Date: May 7, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7334 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a Power Electronics Engineer who will support the Electrical Power Conversion Group in the Research Accelerator Division (RAD), Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


The Power Electronics Engineer supports operation, maintenance, repairs, and upgrades of HVCM Systems, Magnet Power Supplies, Accelerator Beam Kickers, and High Voltage Beam Chopper systems in the SNS accelerator complex. This requires project and work planning; specification and procedure writing; system design, including validation testing; and equipment troubleshooting and repair.  The role reports to the Electrical Power Conversion Group Leader.  Interfaces include Electrical Power Conversion Group members, ORNL and SNS staff, professional peers, and collaborators from non-ORNL institutions, ORNL business services, vendors, and visitors. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Evaluate existing magnet power supplies, kicker, and chopper systems to enhance performance, address limitations, improve availability and address obsolescence issues
  • Provide accelerator operations support for the SNS facilities operating 365/24/7, including occasional after hours call-in to achieve neutron production with >90% availability
  • Plan, manage, and execute maintenance and upgrade work.  Utilize work control tools to efficiently plan and conduct these activities
  • Develop design, installation, training, testing, maintenance, and procurement documentation and procedures
  • Specify, develop, and procure subsystems and components
  • Present your work at conferences, workshops, collaboration meetings and sponsor reviews.  Some travel may be required
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Work with other staff members, develop proposals to perform research on innovative accelerator electrical applications
  • You will be expected to be willing to learn new skills and to train others
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct.  Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field and a minimum of 2 years experience. A combination of education and experience may also be considered.
  • Solid understanding of analog and digital circuits and electric circuit theory
  • Working knowledge of power electronics, electromagnetic fields, very high-power semiconductor devices and pulsed power systems exceeding 50 kV
  • Experience designing and maintaining high power electronics and magnetics
  • Expertise in troubleshooting electronic systems and use of standard laboratory test equipment
  • Experience creating engineering drawings, specifications, procedures, reports, statements of work, journal and conference papers, and plans
  • Experience with circuit simulation, mechanical CAD and printed circuit board design software and tools
  • Ability to quickly grasp complex technical problems
  • Ability to work with a team of engineers and technicians in a project environment
  • Experience working with electrical safety principles in a setting that includes severe electrical hazards


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to guide work of a team of engineers and technicians in a project environment
  • Knowledge of AC power distribution concepts to medium voltage levels
  • Working knowledge of the National Electric Code, NFPA-70E and NFPA-70B
  • Knowledge of Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) and methods to effectively implement
  • Experience with finite element electromagnetic analysis software
  • Experience programming FPGAs, PLCs and using LabView software
  • Operational experience with a large accelerator facility
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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